teaching apostrophes

Teaching apostrophes with lessons ready to teach – readilearn

Do your children have difficulty spelling contractions or using apostrophes for possession correctly? If so, you are not alone. Many, and not only young children, do.

To support your teaching of this punctuation mark that many find tricky, I have produced an interactive resource that explains, demonstrates and provides practice in its correct use.

I have called the resource Apostrophes Please! to encourage young writers to get their writing right.

About Apostrophes Please!

Apostrophes Please! is an interactive resource, ready for use on the interactive whiteboard. It consists of enough material for a series of lessons teaching the correct use of apostrophes in both contractions and possessive nouns.

Like other readilearn resources, Apostrophes Please! recognises the value of teacher input and the importance of teacher-student discussion. It is not designed for children to use independently. While the activities have interactive features, there are no bells, whistles and gimmicks. It relies simply on effective teaching.

The resource provides flexibility for the teacher to choose activities which are relevant to student needs and teaching focus. All lessons and activities encourage explanation, stimulate discussion and provide opportunities for children to practise, explain and demonstrate what they have learned. There are nineteen interactive slides and over thirty slides in all.

Organisation of Apostrophes Please!

Contractions and possessive nouns are introduced separately.

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10 thoughts on “Teaching apostrophes with lessons ready to teach – readilearn

    1. Norah Post author

      Wait till I fetch my red pen. 🤣
      It does confuse a lot of people, but the rules are simple really. I think they just aren’t clarified sufficiently most of the time.


  1. petespringerauthor

    So many students struggle with the use of apostrophes. The beginning users all fall in love with this little mark and insert it with anything ending in “s”.

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      1. Norah Post author

        I hope so too, Anne. Like Teena, I feel a bit frustrated and want to take out my red pen (which I never used when teaching, btw) and make the corrections. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      That’s so true, Pete. I think even some older writers get a bit confused about how to use apostrophes. Neither of us, of course. 🙂



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